[Prix] IPHS BOOK PRIZES 2020: The third prize: Mary Corbin Sies, Isabelle Gournay and Robert Freestone (eds), « Iconic Planned Communities and the Challenge of Change » (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).

The International Planning History Society (IPHS) endeavours to foster the study of planning history worldwide. It seeks to advance scholarship in the fields of urbanism, history, planning and the environment, focusing particularly on cities from the late nineteenth century.

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At the 2020 IPHS conference in Moscow (Russia), up to three book prizes will be awarded:

The first prize is for the most innovative book in planning history written in English and based on original new research. Books must have been published in the previous two calendar years (2018-2019). Books may be written individually or joint-authored.

The second prize is for the best book (in English) related to planning history of the country/region where the IPHS-2020 conference is held, in this case defined as Russia, and published in the previous two calendar years (2018-2019). Books may be written individually or joint-authored.

The third prize is for the best planning history edited work or anthology (in English) and again published in the previous two calendar years (2018-2019). Reprints and “readers” are ineligible. The prize will go to the editor(s) :

Third prize 2020: Mary Corbin Sies, Isabelle Gournay (AHTTEP/AUSser) and Robert Freestone (eds), Iconic Planned Communities and the Challenge of Change (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).

Dealing with 23 iconic planned communities, built in six continents from the early nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries, the book addresses the issue of how visionary spirit comes to terms with reality and the challenges of change. Fascinating in its historic scope and drawing on the broad interdisciplinary perspective of the 25 prominent authors involved, the book not only encourages comparative analysis but also argues that in the future the cross-fertilization of the strategies deployed by single cases may contribute to achieve ongoing liveability and resilience, thus sustaining these planning legacies.

Although the third book prize is awarded to the editors, we would like to remember on this occasion the beautiful and inspiring contribution of Sandra Annunziata to this book on the history and gentrification of the Roman neighbourhood, Garbatella. An outstanding academic and dedicated researcher Sandra passed away suddenly last year. She was a young, uncompromising, and immensely talented scholar, who served as a reference for a whole generation of urban researchers in Italy


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